Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Growing In Favour with Man & God (1)

Esther 2: 15-17
“15Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her. 16So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti”.

We note from the above passage that king Ahasuerus did not choose Esther because it said she was most beautiful of all the women. Note that it did not also say that she was chosen because the king saw that she came from one of the most important families in his kingdom. Esther became queen in Vashti’s place because she obtained grace and favour more than all the other virgins.

One favour can transform your life and change your testimony. Favour is good deed or an act of kindness to somebody who does not deserve it. It involves treating somebody preferentially. This is what happened to Esther.

To walk in man or God’s favour means that both man and God will do good deeds to you or show you kindness beyond what you deserve. It means that amongst others, you will be preferred.

When you operate under favour, your achievement, your promotion, or your increase will not be based on your qualification or on what you can do or cannot do. Your qualification will be immaterial, your gender will be immaterial, your background will be immaterial and the things you’ve been through will not count.

That is not to say we should not work hard to have qualifications. It is good to have qualifications, but where God’s favour is concern, your qualifications wont matter, and wont determine the extend which you are going to rise in life.

With your qualifications without favour, you can get stocked. With your qualification without favour, you can have enemies who will try to make your life a misery. With your privileged background without favour, you can have depression and make a ship wreck of everything.

Yes it is good to be hard working. It is good to be connected to the right people in life. And it is good to have all the qualifications. But it is better to walk in favour with it. Favour will make all the difference and we all need it. There are things that hard work can’t give you but favour will. There are places that qualification can take but favour will bring you there. Through God’s favour, you can enter into that realm that you naturally don’t qualify for. For instance, Israel lived in cities they did not build.

Psalms 44: 1 – 3
“We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. 2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. 3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them”.

Let me share with you some of the things that can happen to you when you have favour and are walking in it:
1. Doors will open for you where it is shut against others. In other words, when they said no to others, they will say yes to you. What was not possible for someone else will become your reality.
2. You will make little effort and reap in abundance even where others have laboured before and reaped nothing.
3. Things will just work out for you where others are finding it difficult.
4. You will walk in God’s provisions - Needs in your life will be met supernaturally.
5. Strangers will bless you. I mean STRANGERS, people you do not know, and do not deserve assistance from will be there for you.
6. You won’t have to worry about the favour of man. He will make even your enemies be at peace with you. Proverbs 16:7.

Naturally, Egypt should not be blessing Israel the night they left Egypt. They had just lost the first born of man and beast. And all because of Israel; they should be stoning them instead. But they blessed them. Why? Because God gave them favour.

Genesis 3: 21
“And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty”.
Genesis 12: 35-36
“And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians”.

7. And when enemies set trap for you, their trap will only be a stepping stone to the next level.

1 comment:

chika said...

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